La Via Campesina receives award for "tireless struggle in favor of Agroecology"

"Agroecology is our peasant practice of resistance to agribusiness and to the advance of capital": CLOC/Via Campesina in the V Latin American Congress of Agroecology

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-10-13_Agrocology.jpg(Argentina, October 13, 2015) In the V Latin American Congress of Agroecology, held at the National University of La Plata in Argentina, from October 7 to 9 of 2015, the Latin American Scientific Society for Agroecology (SOCLA) gave an award to La Via Campesina, "in recognition of its example of tireless struggle in favor of agroecology and the rights of peasants, in carrying out its mission to take care of the earth, feed the world, conserve biodiversity and cool the planet, through its constant search for food sovereignty in Latin America."

According to Dr. Clara Nicholls of Colombbia, President of the Association, "SOCLA for the time gave an award to social movement, in this case La Via Campesina, for its exemplar leadership and inspirational energy in the promotion of agroecology among millions of rural men, women and youth in Latin America."

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European Coordination Via Campesina-highlights from the public debate “Agroecology in the EU”

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-09-23_ECVC_EU_Logo.jpgInformation Note, Brussels, 23 September 2015 (Download PDF)    

European Coordination Via Campesina organised a public debate and a press conference on “Agroecology in the EU”, on 17 September 2015, at the European Parliament, to share what agroecology means to farmers and discuss on public policies needed to support and implement agroecology in Europe. This debate was hosted by Lidia Senra, GUE MEP, and co-funded by the European Union.

Here below some highlights from the public debate speakers panels

Presentation of the declaration of the International Forum for Agroecology

Andrea Ferrante, ECVC Coordination Committee member, presented the declaration of the International Forum for Agroecology. Food producers organizations from all over the world have recently met in the international forum for Agroecology (Mali, February 2015) to develop a common understanding of Agroecology. The outcome is a milestone Declaration that ECVC thinks can be supported and developed within the EU.

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ANPFA participates in fish farming training and discussions on issues of fisher folk's communities

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-08-07_ANPF_fish.jpg(Nepal, Chitwan, July 11, 2015) All Nepal Peasants Federation , National Implementing Agency(NIA) of Medium Term Cooperation Programme Phase II -MTCP2 organized a one day workshop on Fish farming techniques and problems of fisher folks in Nepal in the historical farm "Bhumi Griha"of National Landless Right Forum, Thimaha, Chitwan on July 11, 2015. In the program chaired by NPC co-convener, Chitra Bahadur Shrestha, more than 50 participants including director of the fisheries department of government of Nepal, fish experts, university professors, agri-journalist, students and representatives of fisher folk communities and commercial fish farmers were present.  Many other important farmers leaders including former minister Ganesh Shah, NIA co-ordinator Balram Banskota, Youth Peasant Leader Pramesh Pokharel and farmers leaders of the NIA had really made this event glorious.

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6th Congress of CLOC-Via Campesina: To guarantee the right to food

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-cloc_v_cong_4_-_leonardo_pena.jpg6th Congress of CLOC-Via Campesina

An important achievement from the International Year of Family Farming which the UN declared in 2014, in the context of the food crisis, has been to amplify the debate between agribusiness and peasant agriculture, which the symbiosis between the former and big media had practically silenced.

At the official level, for example, FAO General Director José Graziano da Silva, in his opening speech at the 24th session of the Committee on Agriculture (COAG) in Rome (September), declared that policymakers should support a broad array of approaches to overhauling global food systems, making them healthier and more sustainable while acknowledging that “we cannot rely on an input intensive model to increase production and that the solutions of the past have shown their limits”... Calling for a “paradigm shift”, he said that today's main challenges are to lower the use of agricultural inputs, especially water and chemicals, in order to put agriculture, forestry and fisheries on a more sustainable and productive long-term path.[i]

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